Do I need a Coach or Therapist
How do you decide- Coach or Therapist?

What is a therapist?

A therapist or a counsellor is an individual who is trained and qualified in therapy. They will have supervision every month for a minimum of 1.5hrs and belong to a professional body ie . They will be insured to practice and follow ethical guidelines. BACP state:

“Therapy provides a safe and confidential space for you to talk to a trained professional about your issues and concerns. Your therapist will help you explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours so you can develop a better understanding of yourself and of others.”

Counsellors guide but do not instruct. They cannot prescribe medication. They work to heal past traumas, limiting beliefs and encourage mental strength and stability.

What is a Coach?

According to the International Coaching Community (,)  coaching is:

  • Helping a person change in the way they wish and helping them go in the direction they want to go.
  •  Supporting Coaching builds awareness empowers choice and leads to change.
  • Unlocking a persons’ potential to maximise performance.
  •  Is about looking forwards at the goals a person wants to achieve. It is not about mental health or healing past traumas.

What do I need – A Coach or a Therapist?

This is a personal question based upon what your individual situation is. If you have unresolved trauma, familial issues or are struggling with depression and anxiety , then a Counsellor would be the first option, traditionally.

If your issues are work based or career based, then a Coach can really help you.

Best option- have both!

Then a Trauma informed Executive Coach could be your answer! A therapist who is also a coach can cross over the 2 worlds of therapy & Coaching. A trauma informed therapist can heal wounds of the past and help you to reach your potential going forwards. A sound understanding of neuroscience opens up a whole new set of tools to help you be where you wish to be.

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